'Vernon is a comparatively safe community': City

Vernon City Hall

VERNON - The City of Vernon wants to reassure residents the community is safe and that undesirable activity is being handled by authorities.

City council met with police and bylaw compliance officers today, Sept. 9, in a closed-door meeting to discuss community safety following two recent incidents of violence.

READ MORE: Police investigate alleged double stabbing and Woman left badly beaten after asking a stranger for a high-five

In a media release, council says it is confident in the work of the RCMP and the city’s partnership with social agencies, bylaw and volunteers to address the challenging issues faced by the community.

“Vernon is a comparatively safe, attractive family community. Criminal incidents do occur. This is unfortunate and as a community we must, and will continue to address the undesirable and unacceptable activity that occurs in our community as we always have,” states the media release.

In an interview, Mayor Akbal Mund said he couldn’t elaborate on the details of the meeting beyond what was contained in the release due to the ongoing police investigation.

“We’re happy with what the RCMP are doing. They’re doing a tremendous job,” Mund said.

Without going into specifics, Mund said he is very satisfied with how police are handling things and doesn’t think new strategies are necessary.

“We have already in place what the community needs. If the community wants to get involved, they can phone and get involved,” he said.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston or call 250-309-5230 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

letters-to-the-editor
Vernon RCMP Supt. responds to 'RISK IT OUT'
Editor,   I am concerned by significant inaccuracies that could compromise both officer and public safety, in the November 30th Infonews article by Charlotte Helston on RCMP staffing in Vernon. To set the record straight, I do
Editor's Note in response to allegations from Vernon RCMP Supt. Jim McNamara
Editor’s note: • Watch shifts at the Vernon detachment have fallen as low as three roadable officers. • The department suffers from chronic understaffing. • Sources, who we trust and who have knowledge of the situ

Top News